The sole contender against incumbent Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency has resigned amid accusations of corruption.
In a statement on his website, Mohamed Bin Hammam, a Qatari and president of the Asian Football Confederation, says:
It saddens me that standing up for the causes that I believed in has come at a great price – the degradation of FIFA’s reputation. This is not what I had in mind for FIFA and this is unacceptable.
I cannot allow the name that I loved to be dragged more and more in the mud because of competition between two individuals. The game itself and the people who love it around the world must come first.
It is for this reason that I announce my withdrawal from the presidential election. I will not put my personal ambition ahead of FIFA’s dignity and integrity.
Bin Hammam, Blatter and FIFA Vice President Jack Warner are due to face an ethics hearing today, and the outcome could determine whether Blatter will stand as a candidate for the presidency.
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